Drayage

Drayage is the retrieval of shipping containers from ports and hauling them to inland locations such as rail heads, distribution centers, or stores. Ports in the US struggle to position chassis efficiently, and chassis shortages are a key contributor to port congestion. The issue of chassis maintenance and repair is also a sticking point in employer negotiations with longshore labor unions.

US importers shipping through various ports are often concerned about such challenges as congested marine terminals, lengthy truck turn times, equipment shortages, and distribution warehouses stuffed beyond capacity for weeks or longer. Major gateways also experience various degrees of equipment shortages, and delays in the return of empty containers. Some ports in Asia could also risk experiencing a shortage of empty containers.

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News & Analysis

27 Feb 2019
Upcoming trans-Pacific service contract talks give BCOs an opportunity to reassess haulage options, but choosing between carrier and merchant models requires a delicate balance between cost and control.
27 Feb 2019
VC-funded startups are joining established players in providing previously hard-to-get data around the critical transport legs between ports and distribution centers.
26 Feb 2019
With blank sailings kicking in and congestion at Chicago rail yards easing, terminal operators in LA-LB say they have turned the corner and they see end of congestion by mid-March
26 Feb 2019
VIDEO: With an electronic logging device (ELD) rule set to take effect this year, the Canadian container shipping industry is working to mitigate anticipated trucking pressures as the mandate will tighten capacity. JOC Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi spoke with Groupe Robert Vice President Martin Roy, and OEC Group President and CEO Marc Bibeau on how beneficial cargo owners can work with their transportation providers to mitigate. Those tactics are one of the various subjects that will be addressed at JOC’s Canada Trade Conference on June 3-5 in Toronto. https://events.joc.com/canada-trade-2019
12 Feb 2019
Drayage operators surveyed by JOC.com say street turn opportunities are more plentiful than the industry may realize.
11 Feb 2019
The port authority aims to reduce pollution even as cargo volumes increase by removing aging drayage trucks from service.
Containers stacked at a port.
30 Jan 2019
Stakeholders at the public container gateway worked harder to improve efficiency, amid ever-challenging market conditions.
Port of Los Angeles.
30 Jan 2019
Container and chassis dwell times in Los Angeles-Long Beach edged lower in December.
BNSF Lot 16 truck congestion.
29 Jan 2019
Patience is the key right now, logistics professionals say, because many BCOs and truckers are dealing with the same challenges, caused by large volumes, a chassis shortage, and now Arctic cold.
Port of Oakland,
29 Jan 2019
Truck turn time information is the latest feature added to the Oakland portal.
Infographic: Where the US truck drivers are
28 Jan 2019
Since 2012, small trucking companies (100 trucks or fewer) have been hiring truck drivers twice as fast as large carriers (500+ trucks).
Port of New York and New Jersey.
25 Jan 2019
High cargo volume at the Port of New York and New Jersey and shortened workweeks due to the holidays have prompted the call for Saturday hours.
Chassis stacked.
25 Jan 2019
The congestion is subsiding, according to draymen and logistics providers.
A truck being loaded.
25 Jan 2019
Sharing information on shipments digitally will help companies make more efficient use of existing capacity.
Infographic: LA-LB port pain points
25 Jan 2019
With 12 container terminals handling more than 16 million TEU per year, including 30,000 gate moves per day, Los Angeles-Long Beach is the nation's most complex port environment.
A truck travels on a US road.
24 Jan 2019
Many variables have affected capacity, but heightened economic activity has been the main factor squeezing US capacity since 2017.
A Union Pacific rail yard.
23 Jan 2019
The gridlock is another example of how a small piece of equipment can cause havoc to the supply chain.
A truck travels in California, United States.
23 Jan 2019
The hefty capital injection for NEXT, announced Wednesday, places it among the biggest individual raisers of capital in the most recent wave of logistics technology startups.
Chassis at the Port of Los Angeles.
22 Jan 2019
An unpredictable influx of tariff-related freight has constricted chassis supply, emphasizing the need for new solutions.
22 Jan 2019
Trucking logistics stakeholders are debating: do ocean carriers really incur an operating expense per street turn, or is it an excuse?
A truck travels in the United States.
21 Jan 2019
The 2019 regulatory schedule isn’t clear, but what is clear is that there will be many more hours of debate over truck driver hours of service.
A train travels in California, United States.
21 Jan 2019
The intermodal sector enters 2019 with cautious optimism amid adequate US economic growth; however, factors point toward more-competitive conditions.
Union Pacific rail yard, Nebraska, United States.
18 Jan 2019
The summer/autumn beat-the-tariff front-loading of imports to West Coast ports is now spreading inland.
Infographic: New US chassis model emerges
18 Jan 2019
There are two popular operating models for running a chassis pool, but truckers want to create a third version they believe will improve cargo deliveries.
Port of Los Angeles.
17 Jan 2019
The cause of the extreme gridlock at Los Angeles-Long Beach is manifold.
Chassis stacked.
16 Jan 2019
Chassis are one piece of the puzzle, and all parts must fit together in sync for the supply chain to remain smooth in the future.
A double-stack train with truck trailers travels in the United States.
16 Jan 2019
The history of and the battle between trailers and containers parallels the history of US transportation.
Chassis stacked.
11 Jan 2019
Chassis supplies are low at the Port of New York and New Jersey due to high cargo volumes and chassis dwell times.
A truck at port's container transfer area.
11 Jan 2019
At least two ocean carriers will initiate US street-turn fees next month to reduce administrative costs for this measure; truckers and BCOs say it will increase supply chain costs.
Logistics technology and global trade.
11 Jan 2019
A host of technology providers in the North American surface transportation space have released tools to access previously hidden capacity.
Truck chassis.
10 Jan 2019
IANA believes its educational guide can become a standard textbook for the chassis industry.
Trucks at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
09 Jan 2019
Truckers and shippers complain that it’s taken weeks to get containerized imports.
Containers stacked at a depot / storage center.
08 Jan 2019
A space shortage from high tariff-threat-induced volume has prompted shippers and 3PLs to seek alternative, nearby container space.
Infographic: Projects boost truck fluidity at NY-NJ port
07 Jan 2019
A passel of newly finished and ongoing projects aim to smooth the trucking of cargo in the Northeast US.
Port of Vancouver.
07 Jan 2019
Excessive rail dwell times continue to be a problem.